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At what age can my child start learning a musical instrument?

We welcome students as young as five years old at our academy. If your child shows an interest in playing instruments at home or frequently sings, it's a great indication that they are ready for music lessons.

What instrument is suitable for a 5-7 year old to begin with?

We recommend starting with either the piano or ukulele. These instruments provide a solid foundation for younger students and are easier to learn at the beginning. However, we also suggest asking your child what instrument they would like to learn, as their enthusiasm and enjoyment are crucial for their musical journey.

How long does it take to learn a musical instrument?

Learning an instrument is a process that takes time and dedication. The pace of learning varies for each student, but consistent practice is essential for progress. We encourage our students to participate in our 100 Day Challenge, which helps track their progress and builds confidence.

Is it worth investing in music lessons for my child?

Music lessons offer numerous benefits to children, such as improving math, memorization, and listening skills. Learning an instrument engages the entire brain, which helps with cognitive development and improves coordination. Additionally, music can enhance social and communication skills.

Can parents attend their child's lessons?

Absolutely! We welcome parents to attend their child's first lesson to meet the teacher and gain an understanding of the lesson structure. For children aged seven and under, we highly recommend that parents attend the first few lessons to assist with practice at home.

Can my child choose their own songs to learn?

Of course! We encourage our students to select their favorite songs or even compose their own music. We hold recitals twice a year where parents can witness their child's progress and celebrate their achievements.

Is it ever too late to start learning an instrument?

No, it's never too late! Our teachers are here to assist you at any stage of your musical journey, whether you're a seasoned musician or a beginner. Our lessons are tailored to meet the individual needs of each student.

Will my child have fun during the lessons?

Our teachers are passionate about music and enjoy connecting with their students. They adapt each lesson to suit the student's learning style and interests, ensuring that they enjoy and look forward to each session. Building a positive relationship with our students is crucial for their success and motivation.

Do I need to bring my instrument with me to my lessons?

If you are learning guitar, ukulele, or violin, please bring your instrument with you to the lessons. However, each studio room at the academy is equipped with a drum set and a piano.

How long does it take to learn to play an instrument?

It's impossible to provide a definitive answer for everyone, as it varies from person to person. Some students may become proficient in just a few years, while others may struggle with basic concepts even after five years of lessons. Several factors can affect the learning process, such as having a patient teacher who doesn't pressure the student and the student's motivation to learn. Additionally, the definition of "knowing how to play an instrument" varies. For some, it means playing a song, while for others, it may mean reading music or even playing at a professional level.

Commitment is crucial when it comes to learning an instrument. It's a lifelong journey that requires time, practice, and patience. The beauty of music is not only in playing it but also in the process of learning it. Most things that are worthwhile don't happen overnight, so it's important to stick with it.

Taking lessons from a qualified instructor and practicing regularly are the best ways to learn an instrument. With consistent effort, students can start seeing results quickly and even play simple songs within a few weeks. Personal feedback from an instructor can also help students correct mistakes and improve their skills.

How much should my child practice every week?

Ideally, they should practice every day, but it is crucial to avoid setting unrealistic expectations that they cannot maintain. Practicing five days a week is a reasonable target. Before worrying about how many days they practice, ensure that they have all the necessary tools to practice throughout the week. This includes a daily practice journal to log their practice time, written assignments from their teacher, clear goals, and a reward system to encourage progress. Additionally, it is advisable for children to avoid taking more than one day off from practicing at a time to avoid forgetting what they have learned.

What is the best teaching method for my child?

The most important factor is finding the right teacher, regardless of their teaching method. It is also critical to ensure that your child is plugged into a system that offers opportunities to perform and earn rewards for their progress. These two factors are more important than any specific teaching method used.

My child wants to switch to a different instrument. What should I do?

It depends on how long they have been taking lessons on their current instrument. Two years is sufficient time for a child to become comfortable with an instrument before exploring a new one. However, if they have only been taking lessons for six or eight months, be cautious. Once they switch to the new instrument, they may never play the old one again, especially if they have not learned to play a song or anything on the old instrument. Interestingly, children who take lessons on two separate instruments progress faster on each instrument since they practice twice as long per day. However, be cautious about letting your child take lessons on two separate instruments unless they are prepared to practice twice as long per day.

What should I do when my child says they do not want to take lessons anymore?

The first question to ask is why they want to quit. If they do not like their teacher, try talking to the teacher to find out what is going on. If they do not like to practice, ensure that you and the teacher are providing adequate motivation to continue. Rewards and recognition, such as the opportunity to perform at least once a year or earning trophies and certificates, can help keep them motivated. If they do not give a reason and simply say they want to quit, it comes down to their level of commitment, which is a personal choice. However, it is important to consider if they may regret quitting in the future, as it is common for people to say they wish they had continued their music lessons.

Can you share some information about the music theory lessons taught at your school?

Absolutely! Our music lessons focus on providing students with a strong foundation in music theory, including how to read music and understand its structure. This knowledge is essential for any musician and can help them develop their skills in writing and playing any style of music they desire.

What are the benefits of taking in-person music lessons compared to online lessons?

There are many advantages to taking in-person music lessons. Firstly, you will have the opportunity to learn from a qualified instructor who can provide instant feedback on your progress, help you with your technique, and show you how to play songs. Additionally, in-person lessons allow you to ask questions and receive personalized help, which is invaluable when learning a new skill. Lastly, in-person lessons are more social and enjoyable, providing a motivating environment for continued learning.

Why should I choose private music lessons instead of using free resources available online?

While there are many free resources available online, private music lessons provide a one-on-one learning experience with a qualified instructor. This personalized attention can help students learn more effectively and efficiently, and instructors can tailor the lessons to each student's strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, private lessons provide the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback specific to your own playing, which can help you progress faster.

Are your teachers qualified to teach music?

Yes, our teachers are highly qualified professionals with years of experience teaching children at all levels. We are committed to providing the best education for our students and take pride in having the most devoted teachers who can bring out the best in their students.

Is there any other important information I should know?

Yes, it is important to note that discipline, routine, and regular practice are essential for success in playing an instrument. We encourage parents to support their children in this endeavour.

What are your lesson rates?

Our rates are:

30 minute lesson: £22.50
45 minute lesson: £30
60 minute lesson: £37.50